The idea of dealing with someone else’s bodily messes isn’t something many want to do, even some moms.
Andrea Olson, an American mom, knew years before she had children that coping with a life filled with poo-packed nappies wasn’t for her, The Sun reported.
The mother of five revealed how she ditched nappies with all of her kids and instead held them over the loo or washbasin when they needed to go.
But then she found a solution on social media that would keep the mess at bay.
“A friend of a friend posted on Facebook that they didn’t use nappies – they simply held their baby over the toilet or the ground, from birth, and avoided poopy nappies,” Olson wrote on parenting blog Love What Matters.
Four years after that post Andrea and her husband were expecting their first little one.
The soon-to-be mom remembered the post and bought a book about elimination communication (EC).
The process involves listening to your baby’s signs and signals for the elimination of bodily excrement and helping them keep clean and dry by using a potty or toilet . . . or basin, if necessary.
When her first little one was born, Olson said she grabbed a potty as soon as she noticed the newborn wiggling and showing signs of needing to go.
“I can assure you that I never looked back from that day forward,” she said.
“I was engaged, connected and felt like I at least knew how to do two things with my new baby: nurse and potty [train]! For me, that built lots of confidence.”
Since then, Olson has had another four kids – all of whom she’s practised EC with from birth.
Olson shares her experiences with EC on her Instagram account, where she offers tips, advice and delightful images of her happy bunch.